Hello - I just saw your post (over 7 years later.)
Did you ever find more information about your John McAllister, who lived in Waupaca County, Wis.? I'm a descendant of that McAllister clan who came from Ireland (County Antrim - Belfast, I'm led to believe) to Salem, Washington Co., New York and then on to Waupaca County (and beyond.)
Your John McAllister, b. abt 1835, County Antrim, was an older brother to a maternal g-g grandmother of mine: Jane McAllister who married Samuel D. Pinkerton. I believed John paid the ship's passage for Jane to emigrate.
I remember some favorite 1st cousins of my maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Barrington Knight (Waupaca), who were daughters of Frank Chady and his 2nd wife, Mary Ann (Minnie) McAllister (the sister of Frank's 1st wife, Rachel E. McAllister): Hazel Chady Baldauf and Margaret Chady Nottingham.
I hope to hear from you.
A McAllister cousin -
Jean E. DeLauche